Black Knight 1 (BK 1)

Black Knight 1
Black Knight 1
Black Knight 1
Name Black Knight 1 (BK 1)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 1U
Status Reentry 2015-07-16. No signal
Launched 2013-11-20
NORAD ID 39398
Deployer P-POD (Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher Minotaur I
Organisation West Point Military Academy
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Launch brokerer Tyvak, ?

Educational training for space systems engineering and camera payload.


Develop a low cost experimental spacecraft with experimental and operational significance. Educate future Army leaders on a wide range of space related topics in order to develop more "space savvy" junior leaders. Build a solid foundation for satelltie development at West Point in order to expand into more advanced spacecraft projects in the future. Test a passive two-axis attitude control system as well as an Earth imaging camera.

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